WEST HARTFORD – Sister Mary Damien Lee (Josephine Elizabeth Lee), a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on Feb. 29, 2016, at Lourdes Health Care Center in Wilton. She was 87 years old.
She was born on July 30, 1928, in Hartford, the daughter of the late Thomas Francis Lee and Elizabeth (Raymond) Lee. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 8, 1947, and professed her vows on Aug. 23, 1950.
Sister Mary Damien earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education from the Diocesan Sisters College in West Hartford and a master’s degree in counseling from Fairfield University. After further studies in alcohol and drug counseling at the University of Hartford and Rutgers University in Newark N.J., Sister Mary Damien received state certification in alcohol and drug counseling.
Sister Mary Damien taught in elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford and also spent years as a guidance counselor at the former South Catholic High School in Hartford and Sacred Heart Academy in Stamford, and as a counselor at Meridian House in Stamford. She continued her counseling ministry in Framingham, Mass., Washington, D.C. and Temple Hills, Md.
From there she was assistant director of Seminole Point Hospital and unit supervisor at Spofford Hall, both in New Hampshire.
She was a counselor at the Hartford Correctional Center, McDougal-Walker Correctional Center in South Suffield and Osborne Correctional Center in Somers.